Beginning on June 1st CanoeSport Outfitters’ retail store in Indianola will be open on Thursday’s ONLY from 10 am to 8 pm until further notice. The retail store will be closed Friday through Wednesday, although we will happily make every effort to meet customers at the store by appointment. Please feel free to contact the store by phone, email, or on Facebook. We will be checking all our messages daily and will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Our rental businesses at Raccoon River Park, in West Des Moines and Lake Ahquabi State Park, south of Indianola will be open for regular hours throughout the season. Feel free to stop by either of these locations to learn about the various canoes, kayaks, and boards we have to offer and to try out a few through a rental. There are still a few shipments of kayaks arriving this summer and we will continue to take deposits and orders for winter and spring delivery.
This change is being prompted by our inability to acquire additional inventory this season. Beginning in May of 2020 interest in all outdoor activities surged and manufacturers were unable to keep up with demand. As a result most manufacturer’s stopped taking new orders last November and have stated they will not be in a position to begin accepting any orders again until late summer or early fall. This shortage of product hasn’t been restricted to just canoe and kayaks. We are also experiencing delays acquiring car topping products, trailers, kayak paddles, and many other items.
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’ll stop out to see us at one of the two rental locations. Both of these locations have kayaks, SUP’s, and canoes to look at and paddle if you would like to do so. We can also arrange private test paddling appointments and help you decide what boat to get for the 2022 season! Again, we encourage anyone still needing or wanting to purchase a kayak to place an order for one soon! Pick a model, a color, and put down a deposit so it is in line to be built and shipped. Unfortunately, we expect the difficulties getting product to continue for some time.
Have a great summer and happy padding!
Jeff Holmes - Owner
Raccoon River Park Boathouse Rentals
Skill and Grill
Every Thursday starting June 3! Meet and greet fellow paddlers, enjoy a leisure paddle around the lake, then enjoy a picnic dinner on the shore.
Want a kayak for next year?
Give us a call to talk about a fall deposit!